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Guide to the Archives of Irish America Collection on the Ancient Order of Hibernians AIA.046

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Collection processed by Kaitlyn Medley, Rebecca Altermatt

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 15, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Megan O'Shea to incorporate material from accession number 2018.117  , September 2018

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Archives of Irish America
Title: Archives of Irish America Collection on the Ancient Order of Hibernians
Dates [inclusive]: 1903-2008
Dates [bulk]: 1970-2000
Abstract: The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is a Catholic, Irish-American fraternal Organization founded in New York City in 1836. Active across the United States, the Order seeks to aid the newly-arrived Irish, both socially and economically. The AOH in America is partitioned into Divisions, County Boards, and State Boards, and is governed by a National Board elected every two years. The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) is an associate organization of the AOH but was not officially recognized until 1894 in Omaha, Nebraska. The LAOH recognizes values and missions similar to AOH, and they often conduct activities together. The Records of the Ancient Order of Hibernians primarily document the activities of those divisions in the New York City region, as well as some of the National Boards. The records largely include programs from events, mostly dinners and conventions, but also contain newsletters, correspondence, press releases, circulars and publications.
Quantity: 3.25 Linear Feet in 5 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize flat box
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: AIA.046

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Historical Note

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is a Catholic, Irish American fraternal Organization founded in New York City in 1836. The Order traces its roots back to similar societies that existed in Ireland for over 300 years beginning in the mid-16th century. While the AOH now resides in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, the United States AOH is a separate and much larger organization.

Like its early Irish predecessors, the AOH was formed to protect the welfare of its Irish-Catholic members. On May 4, 1836, the AOH in America was founded at New York's St. James Church by men emulating these Irish societies, to protect the clergy and churches from the violent American nativists who attacked Irish Catholic immigrants and Church property. At the same time the vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing Ireland's Great Hunger in the late 1840's prompted a growth in many Irish societies in the USA - the largest of which was and continues to be the AOH.

Active across the United States, the Order seeks to aid the newly-arrived Irish, both socially and economically. The many Divisions and club facilities located throughout the U.S. have traditionally been among the first to welcome new Irish immigrants. Here, the Irish culture -- art, dance, music, and sports are fostered and preserved. The AOH has been at the forefront of issues concerning the Irish, such as immigration reform, economic incentives (both domestic and in Ireland), the human rights issues addressed in the MacBride Legislation, Right-To-Life, and a peaceful and just solution to the issues that divide Ireland.

The AOH in America is partitioned into Divisions, County Boards, and State Boards, and is governed by a National Board elected every two years. The Division is the basic unit in the Order, and membership in a Division is membership in the Order. Even County, State, and National Officers, maintain membership in a local Division. Annual dances, concerts, and parades sponsored by all levels of the Order raise millions for charity, while providing a showcase for the positive contributions of the Irish to every walk of American life.

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is an associate organization of the AOH but was not officially recognized until 1894 in Omaha, Nebraska. The LAOH recognizes values and missions similar to AOH, and they often conduct activities together. Originally called the "Daughters of Erin," the LAOH has changed names several times up to 1984 when it became the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Sources:

http://www.aoh.com/pages/about.html

http://www.ladiesaoh.com./whoarewe.html

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Scope and Content Note

The Ancient Order of Hibernians Collection primarily documents the activities of those divisions in the New York City region, as well as some of the National Boards. The majority of the collection consists of records dating from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The records include programs from events, mostly dinners and conventions, as well as newsletters, correspondence, press releases, circulars and publications. Many of the regional divisions' files contain material from both the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH), especially pertaining to those occasions when the two collaborated.

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Programs (documents).
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Circular letters.
  • Newsletters.
  • Correspondence.

Subject Organizations

  • Ancient Order of Hibernians

Subject Topics

  • Irish Americans -- Societies, etc.
  • Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social life and customs.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The provenance of the materials is varied. Items were obtained through donations, gifts, and through ongoing collecting by Archives of Irish America staff. Many items in this collection were donated by John T. Ridge. The accession numbers associated with this collection are 2012.029 and 2012.036.

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

The Tamiment Library does not have information about who owns copyright to this collection. Materials in this collection are expected to enter the public domain in 2128. The Tamiment Library is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection on the Ancient Order of Hibernians; AIA 046; box number; folder number;
Archives of Irish America/Tamiment Library
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

AIA 016 Irish Immigration Reform Movement AIA 003 County Societies Collection AIA 056 United Irish Counties Association AIA 057 Emerald Isle Society

Missing Title

  1. County Societies Collection AIA 003
  2. United Irish Counties Association AIA 056
  3. Emerald Isle Society AIA 057
  4. Archives of Irish America Manuscript Collection 006

Immediate Source of Acquisition

One photograph was donated by John T. Ridge in 2018. The accession number associated with this gift is 2018.117.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Bronx County Board - Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH)
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Bronx County Board - AOH Division 8
1944-1946
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Bronx County Board - AOH Division 9
1982, 1987
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Bronx County Board - Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH)
Apr 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Kings County Board - AOH
1973-1994
Box: 5 Folder : 11 King's County Board - AOH Meeting Minutes
1952-1966
Box: 5 Folder : 12 King's County Board - AOH Meeting Minutes
1966-1969
Box: 6 Kings County Board - Division 23 (Greenpoint, Brooklyn) Minutes
1903-1921
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Kings County Board - AOH Division 35
1989-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 7 (Mixed Materials [31142054616753]) Kings County Board - LAOH
Feb 1989
Box: AIAXOS001 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Nassau County Board - AOH
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 9 National Board - AOH
1982-1994, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 National Board - Convention
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 11 National Board - Convention
1986, 1988
Box: 1 Folder : 12 National Board - Convention
1972, 1986
Box: 2 Folder : 1 National Board - Convention
Jul 1990
Box: 2 Folder : 2 National Board - Dinner Dance
May 1976
Box: 2 Folder : 3 National Board - Irish National Hunger Commemoration Committee
1994-1996
Box: 2 Folder : 4 National Board - AOH and LAOH "The Irish Influence in the American Labor Movement"
1985
Box: 2 Folder : 5 National Board - AOH and LAOH National Convention
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 6 National Board - LAOH
1978-1994
Box: 2 Folder : 7 The National Hibernian Digest
2008
Box: 2 Folder : 8 New York County Board - AOH
1967, 1987-1995
Box: 2 Folder : 9 New York County Board - AOH Annual Dinner Dance
1972-1975
Box: 2 Folder : 10 New York County Board - AOH Annual Dinner Dance
1976-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 11 New York County Board - AOH Annual Dinner Dance
Nov 1996
Box: 3 Folder : 1 New York County Board - AOH Cocktail Party and Dinner Dance
Oct 1995
Box: 3 Folder : 2 New York County Board - AOH Division 3
1977-1993
Box: 3 Folder : 3 New York County Board - AOH Division 4
1970, 1989-1997
Box: 3 Folder : 4 New York County Board - AOH Division 4
1998, 2003
Box: 3 Folder : 5 New York County Board - AOH Division 5
1989
Box: 3 Folder : 6 New York County Board - AOH Division 9
1999-2002
Box: 3 Folder : 7 New York County Board - AOH Division 29
1998
Box: 3 Folder : 8 New York County Board - AOH and LAOH Cocktail Party and Luncheon
1984-1988
Box: 4 Folder : 1 New York County Board - AOH and LAOH Cocktail Party and Luncheon
1989-1991
Box: 4 Folder : 2 New York County Board - AOH and LAOH Cocktail Party and Luncheon
1992-1993
Box: 4 Folder : 3 New York County Board - AOH and LAOH Cocktail Party and Luncheon
1998-1999
Box: 4 Folder : 4 New York County Board - AOH and LAOH Division 29
1998, 2003
Box: 4 Folder : 5 New York County Board - AOH and LAOH Reception-Dance
1984
Box: 4 Folder : 6 New York State Board - AOH and LAOH Convention
1972, 1985
Box: 4 Folder : 7 New York State Board - AOH and LAOH Convention
Jul 1987
Box: 4 Folder : 8 New York State Board - AOH and LAOH Convention
Jul 1989
Box: 5 Folder : 1 New York State Board - AOH and LAOH Convention
1991, 1995
Box: 5 Folder : 2 New York State Board - AOH Newsletters
1988
Box: 5 Folder : 3 New York State Board - AOH President's Testimonial Dinner
1987-2002
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Non-New York AOH Divisions
1953-1999
Box: Shared Tamiment 016 Folder : 5 Queens County AOH and LAOH Communion Breakfast photograph
1955
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Queens County Board - AOH
1986-1990
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Queens County Board - AOH and LAOH Joint Activities
1987-1993
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Queens County Board - LAOH
1984-1993
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Richmond County Board - AOH Division 1
1996
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Rockland County Board - AOH
1988-2000
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Westchester County Boards - AOH and LAOH
1991

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